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The “Salvage” Scene in Phoenix

Don’t call it rummaging. In Phoenix, salvaging is being reinvented as upscale retail sport.

Don’t call it rummaging. “Salvaging” is an upscale retail sport, with goods often crossing state lines and changing hands several times before arriving in their final roles and states of being. Join the rusty, lusty prowl at these area shops and events.

Pop-Up Sales

Some salvagers are so fixated on the thrill of the chase that they spend most of their time on the road. Catch their public sales while you can:
May 3: Junk in the Trunk is an occasional, multiple-vendor event at WestWorld of Scottsdale.
May 15-18: A well-organized team with a cool warehouse space and a knack for vignette arrangements stages the energetic, monthly Sweet Salvage sale.
May 16-17: The new-this-spring Salvage Co., a side project of full-time interior decorators, opens to the public for two days of sales.

Reliable Relics

•Industrial elegance is an everyday affair at The Embellished House in Scottsdale, where Nancy Ruben exhibits elements she and East Coast daughter Lauren Auerbach have acquired separately or on shared shopping trips to the Midwest. Ruben repairs or reinvents the likes of odd chairs, bakery racks, gates, headboards and individual letters from signage, then hopes each reborn beauty goes to a good home.
Found in Mesa blends beat-up birdcages and barnwood picture frames with nostalgic new velveteen pillows, slate plaques and glass cloches.
•Shoppers who wish to alter antiques of their own selection might look to Antique Trove or Scottsdale Marketplace; each represents the wares of many vendors, with collections spanning tools, jewelry, tablesettings and pop culture.

Embellished House
Gently refined odds and ends at The Embellished House (©Chris Loomis)

New & Nifty

Intentionally old-fashioned new wares are a godsend for design concepts that require a few of the same item.
•At Botanica, gather galvanized tin trays, animal-shaped tealight holders, oxidized salt spoons and sculptural beeswax candles (open W-Su through the end of May).
•Source stenciled burlap or canvas pillows and botanical textbook prints from bungalow.
•And don't forget Restoration Hardware, the catalog brand that inhabits a three-story mansion at Scottsdale Quarter, for mass-produced finials, hooks and bookends with an uncannily nomadic air.

Old-looking tin touches—all the charm, none of the ouchy rust! (©Botanica/The Farm at South Mountain)